China Pavilion at Epcot
Setting: Most guests entering the China Pavilion walk through an intricately detailed triple-arched ceremonial gate and see a replica of the magnificent Temple of Heaven in the distance.
The Chinese built the original in the early 15th century under supervision of the Yongle Emperor. He was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City.
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is the spectacular triple-gabled circular structure for which the China Pavilion is best known. It makes a great background for a picture.
Attraction Info: China’s main attraction is “Reflections of China,” a film shot in Circle-Vision 360. The film team shot Reflections with nine cameras and the footage of each is projected onto one of nine screens that are located on the walls around the theater.
This technique makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action. This 14-minute show is worth seeing if you have extra time. This is particularly true because Disney has already announced its replacement, which should be installed in 2021. After that, Reflections will disappear forever.
The entrance to “Reflections of China” is inside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Be aware, the theater does not have seats and is standing-room only. This allows guests to look around the theater at their convenience.
In addition, China features a wonderful exhibit about the construction and operation of Shanghai Disney Resort. Check out photos of just about everything in this post.
Finally, the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats perform 20 minute sets in the middle of the Pavilion throughout the afternoon and early evening.
They usually begin performing in the late afternoon, after most people have had an opportunity to make their way up to World Showcase. Double check the Times Guide or My Disney Experience for exact showtimes. If there’s a chance of rain, the performers may move inside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
Lotus Blossom Café, the Chinese quick service, is a decent option if you’re in a hurry. More interesting options abound around Epcot.
Prices are typically a couple dollars less than comparable items in other Pavilions. The quick service also benefits from non-existent lines, fast service, and plentiful, covered seating. Most guests will want to seek out items that are a little more interesting, but Lotus Blossom is better than its poor reputation might imply.
Nine Dragons is China’s table service restaurant. It has improved in terms of food, and the atmosphere is serene. Reservations and walk-ups are also plentiful, making for a no-fuss option when Epcot is busy.
Prices here are lower than most restaurants with large portions. The General Tso’s Chicken Bao Buns, Sichuan Dumplings, Honey-Sesame Chicken, Fried Rice, and Spinach Noodles are our favorite dishes.
The Joy of Tea stand serves a variety of teas and other drinks out on the promenade alongside the Lagoon. The menu also offers a couple of hot snacks like Egg Rolls.
The food is not typically fresh enough to demand a purchase. Lotus Blossom is a better bet.
Drink Around the World: Tsingtao is the preferred beer in China, in addition to a variety of fruity cocktails available at Joy of Tea.
Also look for Foo beer on draft at Joy of Tea and Lotus Blossom.
Best is the Tipsy Ducks in Love; it’s a refreshing blend of creamy cold tea and coffee blended with chocolate and bourbon.
Character Sightings: Mulan makes daily appearances.
She moves around depending on the time of day, demand, and the weather. Sometimes, she’s out near the front.
She usually begins meeting when World Showcase opens and ends her sets in the late afternoon. Check the Times Guide/My Disney Experience for exact times. Her look may change with the live action version of the movie.
Shopping Opportunities: The House of Good Fortune is China’s main store. Other outlets include a kiosk out near the water and across from the main store.
Like other stores, they sell a great variety of mass-produced items, in addition to high-end specialty good.
Look out for Chinese lanterns, jade and crystal jewelry, slippers, silk goods, handbags, paper fans, and much more.
China Pavilion Overall Ratings:
China is a vast, beautiful area with a lot to see, do, eat, and drink. The beauty, sweet smell of food, and promise of several different attractions are plenty to bring in most guests further inside. In addition, you can watch a video walking around the China Pavilion here.